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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Malibu

  • A car rental in Malibu is in your best interest because this southern Californian city has a lot to offer. Stretching along the coast just north of Los Angeles, Malibu is home to famous attractions like Zuma Beach and Point Dume and is within driving distance of Thousand Oaks and Point Mugu State Park. There is public transport in Malibu in the form of buses, but getting to your destination directly by buses can be difficult and require several changes. As a result, it is more convenient to have a Malibu car rental than it is to rely on public transport.
  • Those traveling to Malibu will land at either Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). You can pick up car rentals in Malibu at both of these airports upon arrival. At LAX, you need to take a shuttle to the rental car center. You can find the shuttle outside of baggage claim on the Arrivals level under the purple Rental Car Shuttle sign. At BUR, the car rentals are located in the Consolidated Car Rental Facilities of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). You can reach the RITC via the elevated walkway by the Valet Center in front of the terminal building.
  • Driving car rentals in Malibu is pretty straightforward. There are plenty of scenic drives for you to take along the coast, and local drivers generally follow the rules of the road. The roads are in good condition, although sometimes you may encounter unpaved dirt or gravel roads closer to certain beaches. In these areas, be cautious of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Although driving car rentals in Malibu is relatively easy, there are difficulties to be aware of. For example, the traffic in Malibu can be incredibly dense, and trips that should take 20 minutes can sometimes take an hour, depending on traffic. To this end, avoid driving during morning and evening rush hours, typically from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and from 4:30 pm until 7 pm. In addition, some roads can be narrow and winding, so always drive at a suitable speed to adjust to whatever may be around the corner. Malibu is also a hilly area, so be aware of steep slopes.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Malibu for $28 or less
  • Book your rental car in Malibu at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Malibu are around 35% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Malibu

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Malibu?

    On average a rental car in Malibu costs $42 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Malibu found in the last 2 weeks is $20.

  • How much is gas price in Malibu?

    The average gas price in Malibu is $3.74 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $45 and $60, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Malibu?

    Compact (Kia Sportage or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Malibu.

  • Which car rental companies are at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Los Angeles airport include Kyte, Ace, Sixt, Priceless, Airport Van, Fox, NextCar, Thrifty, GREEN MOTION and Hertz.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Los Angeles airport (LAX)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Los Angeles airport to off-airport locations include Sixt, Priceless, Airport Van, Thrifty, Hertz, Budget, Midway, Alamo, Economy Rent a Car, and Dollar.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Malibu?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Malibu?

    A Compact car rental in Malibu costs $35 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Malibu?

    An Intermediate car rental in Malibu costs $61 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Malibu?

    A Standard car rental in Malibu costs $34 per day, on average.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Malibu?

    On average a rental car in Malibu costs $294 per week ($42 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Malibu?

    On average a rental car in Malibu costs $1,258 per month ($42 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Malibu?

    Most car rental providers in Malibu offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Malibu, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Malibu?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 2 car rental agencies in Malibu.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Malibu?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Malibu?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Malibu so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Malibu?

    Because driving in Malibu can take a while if you are in traffic, a fuel-efficient vehicle is your best bet. Many renters decide to go with compact cars as these provide ease of navigation through city streets and winding roads, and they are also easier to park in tight spaces. You may also consider renting a larger sedan or a small SUV if you are traveling with luggage or a larger travel group. These will still allow you to navigate Malibu easily while fitting everyone inside comfortably.

  • What’s the speed limit in Malibu?

    The speed limit in Malibu varies by road type. For example, on highways, the speed limit is 65 mph. On roads outside the city center, the speed limit ranges from 40 mph to 55 mph depending on the terrain of the area, so be sure to follow posted signage for your own safety and that of other drivers. Within the downtown area of Malibu, the speed limit is 35 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Malibu?

    The best places to park your Malibu rental cars are the closest places to your desired location. There is plenty of free beach parking near Zuma Beach and Malibu Beach, as well as many other beaches. You will also find paid parking near the beaches, typically for about $3 per hour. Within the city, you will find plenty of metered street parking, typically costing between $2 and $3 per hour. You may also wish to park your car at your accommodation, as most hotels in the area provide free parking to guests. 

Malibu car rental reviews and directory

Sixt

7.4

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Delivery/Collection Service

+1 424 218 3940

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Dollar

6.0

Okay

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One location in Malibu

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2720 E Thousand Oaks Blvd.

+1 805 373 5112

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Thrifty

6.0

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One location in Malibu

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2720 Thousand Oaks Boulevard

+1 805 373 5112

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Hertz

No score available yet

2 locations in Malibu

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22853 Pacific Coast Highway

+1 310 456 1783

Monday08:00 - 17:0013:00 - 17:00
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2720 E Thousand Oaks Blvd.

+1 805 373 5112

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6.0 Okay

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super friendly. Just was kind of irritated that it jumped 300 something dollars to 730 dollars because of all the fees/"upgrades" that I wasnt sure about because they seem small but they nickel and dime you to death the 200 dollar deposit was ridiculous compared to enterprises 60

Cons:

Fees. enough. I liked the gas and liability fee. But honestly was extremely overpriced.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing, the worst car rental experience I've ever had

Cons:

Everything. The customer service was terrible, the car was awful and the whole experience was horrible. So bad in fact, I went to enterprise the same day to rent a car because hertz was a joke. I'll never rent through either hertz or kayak again. Absolutely terrible experience all around.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

Everything.

8.0 Very good

Dec 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff. - super easy pick up and drop off

Cons:

Tank was just 1/2 full - would have been nice to have full tank to start off our journey.... But that's just a small inconvenience. Car was clean and comfortable. Part of the front right panel was loose upon picking up vehicle - it was noted by staff, but I think it should have been fixed before renting to me. It made a whistle sound driving down the highway....

10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Very helpful staff. Quite busy at time.

4.0 Mediocre

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The man that helped me when I checked in was very nice and worked fast.

Cons:

When I came to return my vehicle there were only two employees working and there were about 15 people waiting. I left and came back and still had to wait about 30 minutes and I was given mis information on the gas. Also the car was not a good value I’ve rented cars for a quarter of the price at other rental car companies.

1 out of 9

Avis

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One location in Malibu

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389 East Thousand Oaks Blvd

+1 805 371 5750

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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4.0 Mediocre

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Awful customer service over the phone. Total confusion on their end to refund money

8.8 Very good

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was super helpful, car worked well, easy to operate, quick customer service, no under 25 fee.

Cons:

Lower price.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nope. They took our reservation but didn't give us a car and stranded us.

Cons:

They could have been competent

2.0 Poor

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Cheap price ok

Cons:

Flat tire. Needed to exchange the car and Steve said, come back at 12. M***** I have work 50 miles away right now. I need a car. He didn't care. No customer service skill what so ever. He hates his job but the problem is it affects you. Dude needs to work in the mountains or something.

2.0 Poor

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The price.

Cons:

I paid $13 to take an Uber down to Avis. I had a printed a "premium" vehicle, which is basically a Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 or similar. The representative pulled an Impala up to me. As soon as he opened the door, the strong smell of cigarettes wafted out. It was obvious they had not wet-cleaned the interior since the smoker(s) used the car. I told him the car reeks of smoke, that I would be driving a number of clients around all day, and there was no way I could take this car. He said they had no others of this type. He also tried to convince me that the car didn't smell like smoke. He then kept trying to get me to take a compact SUV. No matter how many times I said I needed and reserved a large vehicle, he kept trying to put me in a small vehicle instead. Ultimately, I agreed to take a mini van. However, he showed me the minivan (I wanted to ensure it was free of smoke). The van was covered with a mud and dirt, and the seats were covered with salt and French fries, like the last people to use it took a trip to the mountains with unruly kids. It also smelled of fast food. He said it would take about 45 minutes to clean out. At this point, I simply left and walked a few blocks over to Enterprise, which had several vehicles available. Unfortunately it also cost me about $140 on top of what I had expected to pay Avis. In addition, Enterprise would have picked me up, so my $13 Uber ride was also a waste. I plan to submit the bill for the difference to Avis for putting me in this position with their incompetence and negligence.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The personnel in the Avis rental destination location were very helpful in informing us about our options when it looked like we would have to change our drop off location.

1 out of 3

Budget

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One location in Malibu

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389 East Thousand Oaks Blvd

+1 805 777 4821

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7.2 Good

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything but the customer service

Cons:

They were not very friendly. But they were efficient

2.0 Poor

May 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

absolutely nothing

Cons:

the pick up/drop off time I requested did not translate to them. I booked $40 x 2 days no drop fee at LAX - I got charged 40 + 80 ... so if you can get my $40 back equalling the receipt you gave me - I would say Bravo! as it - worst ever- never again

2.0 Poor

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Raul (may be in Mexico call center) was not knowledgeable

Cons:

When we went to pick up car, lical agent told ‘no car available’ Not responsible of call center agent’s false reservationz NO MORE RENTING CAR FROM BUDGET ANYMORE. Lousiest agents & service

7.6 Good

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Pick Up rental office hard to find and no signage to help find it.

1 out of 2

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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One location in Malibu

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3021 Thousand Oaks

+1 805 373 0788

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
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9.6 Wonderful

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff made it easy especially with all of the Covid hurdles.

Cons:

You guys need to let your employees wear hats if they are going to have to work outside in the hot sun while Covid is causing issues.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

yes

Cons:

it was excellent

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly, helpful staff. Quick to pick-up. Clean vehicle. Easy drop off.

Cons:

n/a

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very professional staff. I will only rent from them in the Thousand Oaks area

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly service. Great cars.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Service was amazing! Quick - Efficient - Energetic - Polite

1 out of 5

Midway

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3157 East Thousand Oaks Blvd

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Nothing

2.0 Poor

Sep 2022

KAYAK
My pickup time was 1pm, I arrived 4 minutes late, they said it was too late because they had already locked up all the keys to the cars. No where on any of my paperwork did it say that they closed at 1pm or that I needed to arrive early. This was on a Saturday and they are closed Sunday, the salesperson told me to come back on Monday. Now I'm charged more than $300 for a car I could not pick up.

1 out of 1

Rent-4-Less

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One location in Malibu

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1694 E Thousand Oaks

(805) 370 7200

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94 travelers who rented a car in Malibu gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.4

Car rental locations in or near Malibu

Good to know

Most popular agency

GREEN MOTION

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$42/day

Good deal

$28/day

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